The Coal Drops

Then …

Victorian London was a city powered by coal, and Coal Drops was its coal store. These unusual buildings were built in the 1850s to transfer coal that arrived from the north of England by rail. The brick and cast-iron structures originally carried four high-level railway tracks, from which wagons dropped coal into storage hoppers. From here the coal was loaded onto horse-drawn carts to be distributed throughout London.

More recently, these Victorian brick viaducts have served as film sets, been home to counter-culture artists, and for a decade, hosted some of London’s biggest rave parties. You can discover more about the history of the Coal Drops in this piece by Dr Jacqueline Riding – Coal Drops Yard in Six Stories.


Alfresco dining and drinking at Plaza Pastor in Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross and now…

Reimagined by Heatherwick Studio, the Coal Drops are today the unique shopping and dining destination – Coal Drops Yard.

The cobbled streets and beautiful brick arches are home to more than 50 stores, galleries and restaurants. The Victorian architecture has been preserved and complemented with dramatic contemporary design.

  • Location

    Coal Drops Yard
    Kings Cross, London N1C

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